Haiti: following up on MINUSTAH’s remarkable work [fr]
Haïti / MINUSTAH - Intervention by M. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Secuirty Council - 12 October 2017
"The United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which will take the reins on 16 October, must build on the success already achieved in order to fulfil the objectives set out ." Ambassador François Delattre
- Cérémonie marquant la fin de la mission MINUSTAH à Haïti. La MINUJUSTH prend désormais le relai.
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France associates itself with the statements to be made later by the observer of the European Union and by the representative of Peru, on behalf of the Group of Friends of Haiti. With just a few days remaining until the closure of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), France commends the work done over the past 13 years by the United Nations, and especially the tireless efforts of the Special Representatives and their teams. We also acknowledge the extraordinary commitment of the troop-contributing countries. Our thoughts go to the men and women who lost their lives while serving in MINUSTAH, especially during the earthquake of 2010 and in particular, Special Representative Hédi Annabi, who died in that tragic event.
In following up on MINUSTAH’s remarkable work, the capacity-building and professionalization of the Haitian National Police must remain a priority.
The United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which will take the reins on 16 October, must build on the success already achieved in order to fulfil the objectives set out in resolution 2350 (2017) — strengthening the rule of law, supporting the Haitian National Police and monitoring the human rights situation. The new Mission must also take into account the needs of the Haitian authorities and civil society and continue to support Haiti on its path to development. In that regard, special attention must be paid to justice. Progress in the area of the rule of law is intrinsically linked to strengthening the professionalism and independence of the judiciary, establishing a legal framework that meets international standards, particularly in the area of criminal justice, and implementing a prison system that is compatible with the country’s needs and respects the rights of inmates.
The issue of human rights will have an especially significant role to play in the new Mission. No political, social or economic reform can succeed without taking human rights into account from conception right up through implementation. The consolidation of democratic institutions also depends on this, and we hope that MINUJUSTH will regularly report back to the Council on the latest developments in that field.It is solely up to the Haitian authorities and the sovereign people of Haiti to establish their political priorities for the years to come.
By modifying its presence, the United Nations has shown its willingness to continue assisting Haiti and responding to its new needs. It is not trying to take the place of its leaders or stage a hasty withdrawal; on the contrary, MINUJUSTH will give the relationship between Haiti and its partner countries new momentum. We have every faith that the Haitian authorities will take full advantage of this opportunity. This is an essential stage as we transition from an assistance-focused approach to one centred on sustainable development. In addition to MINUJUSTH, the country team will have an equally important role to play in its future developments.
I would like to conclude my statement by paying tribute to Ms. Sandra Honoré, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, as well as to all MINUSTAH personnel, and by expressing our full support and solidarity to the great people of Haiti.